Luxury accommodation close to Arusha Town, Arusha National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro
Set amidst stunning scenery with long views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, the KIA lodge makes the ideal starting or finishing point for a safari on the famous Tanzanian northern circuit. Or for a climb of celebrated Mount Kilimanjaro. Set amidst lush tropical gardens, alive with over 100 species of birds, it also lies within easy reach (3 minutes) of the Kilimanjaro International Airport.
The Town of Arusha
One of Tanzania's most developed and fastest growing towns, the bustling ‘Safari Town' of Arusha is a hive of arrival and departure activity as countless 4WD safari vehicles load up with provisions and set off with their passengers into the endless, game-teeming plains of the National Parks. Established in 1900 as a minor German military garrison, Arusha lies halfway between the Cape and Cairo and was once a major trading post for the local Waarusha and Wameru tribes. Nowadays it is not only the country's most active tourism centre but also an important regional business and administrative centre and host to a colourful array of street markets, museums, craft shops, Makonde carving workshops, street cafes, restaurants and bars.
Arusha National Park
The smallest yet one of the most beguiling of Tanzania's National Parks, the 137-sq-km Arusha National Park offers an unrivalled diversity of safari experiences due to the three distinct ecological zones of its composition. Activities range from a trek up the forested slopes of a fifteen million years old extinct volcano called Ngurdoto Crater, the discovery of the seven alkaline and flamingo-frosted Momela Lakes, which are the haunt of some 380 species of water birds, or an ascent to the misted heights of Mount Meru. At 4,566m above sea level Mount Meru is the 5th highest mountain in Africa and offers one of the continent's most rewarding climbs. Once as high as Kilimanjaro, a cataclysmic explosion two hundred and fifty thousand years ago blew out the entire eastern side of the Mountain, leaving only a vast crater and ash cone in its wake.
The safari lodge location
3 minutes from KIA Kilimanjaro International Airport KIA, the lodge is ideally placed for internal travel within Tanzania. Arusha is connected by daily internal flights with Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mwanza. There are several flights weekly to the Seronera airstrip in Serengeti National Park, Musoma and Shinyanga. There are also frequent flights to Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. Several international airlines have flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which is half way between Arusha and Moshi whilst a number of internal flights use Arusha Airport (about 8km out of town).
Your Tanzania luxury lodge safari
The Tanzanian Coffee Industry
Despite the fact that coffee was not planted in Tanzania until the turn of the 20th century, when it was imported by the Jesuit missionaries of Reunion Island, Tanzania is now world famous for the excellence of its coffee, most particularly the luxury Coffea arabica grown on the slopes of Mount Meru and around the Arusha region. This distinctively flavoured coffee provides the foundation for some of the finest blends of coffee in the world and accounts for 75% of Tanzania's coffee exports.
Wildlife highlights around KIA Lodge - Arusha: Fauna in Arusha national park includes: black and white colobus monkey, leopard, zebra, giraffe, reedbuck, waterbuck, buffalo, hyena, warthog, baboon, elephant and hippo.
When to visit KIA Lodge
This luxury lodge can be visited at any time of year.
Accommodation: Luxury safari lodge
Set amid spectacular scenery, the KIA Lodge offers 40 en suite air- conditioned cottage-styled rooms. Each cottage has been built in traditional style and features natural thatch and local arts and crafts such as the famous ‘Tinga tinga' paintings and a broad range of Makonde carving. Each room offers both telephone and safe facilities.
Dining and bars at this luxury safari lodge
The lodge offers a wide range of international and local cuisine and a well-stocked bar. The KIA Lodge menu will typically include a wide selection of East Africa, Tanzania and traditional safari choices as well as numerous international choices.
Conferences and events at the luxury safari lodge
KIA Lodge does not offer specific conference facilities but will be happy to quote for small meetings and social gatherings. A wide range of Tanzania incentives can also be arranged in or around the area.
Weddings and honeymoons at KIA Lodge
KIA Lodge makes an ideal Tanzania wedding destination.
Child-friendly facilities at KIA Lodge
KIA Lodge welcomes children and will be pleased to supply additional beds.
What to see and do on your Tanzania luxury lodge safari
The lodge's swimming pool and sundeck is spectacularly located on top of a hill affording a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, the Maasai steppe and onwards. Close by is Arusha National Park.
The lodge offers WIFI connections (public areas only) and internet service.
The lodge can also arrange:
• Trips to Meru, The Blue Mountains or the Maasai Plains
• Ornithological tours of the surrounding area - host to 100 species
• Visits to Lake Manyara
• Visits to authentic Maasai villages and markets
Tanzania luxury lodge safari experiences in and around Arusha
Typical Tanzania safari experiences at KIA Lodge include: safari game drives in especially adapted 4WD safari vehicles (with professionally trained Tanzania safari guides), safari bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners; cocktails around the lodge safari campfire and guided safari walks in Arusha National Park. KIA Lodge also offers ornithological tours, cultural performances and visits to the local Maasai people of Tanzania.
KIA Lodge - Arusha / Kilimanjaro • Tanzania Luxury Safari Lodges & City Hotels
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